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Convicted sex offender uses Craigslist, fake name to seek female tenants

Harrison Mew Harrison Mew
La Shelle Entsminger La Shelle Entsminger
Julia Mew Julia Mew

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The man known as the "Kahala panty burglar" in the 1980s must serve 60 days in jail for violating terms of his probation. Prosecutors say Harrison Mew failed to report certain information to his probation officer and missed payments on his court-imposed fines.

In the '80s, he was convicted of breaking into homes and stealing women's underwear. Sex assault convictions followed.

In the courtroom Tuesday were several women who recently responded to a Craigslist ad and began renting rooms at Mew's Kaneohe mansion. They say Mew used a fake name, Jonathan Ching, so they had no idea they were living with a convicted sex offender.

"He projected that it was a safe place to be," La Shelle Entsminger, tenant, said. "I just moved out of a place where I was, you know, violated in that way, and I was looking for that. I was looking for a safe place to stay."

Mew's wife of seven months says she was also duped.

"At the beginning, I didn't know anything, no," Julia Mew, wife, said. "And then I found out more and more later on and more and more and more. It was ugly, but it was the truth."

The judge modified Mew's probation. After he's released from jail, he'll be prohibited from living with any female.

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